Milwaukee Bucks' forward Ersan Ilyasova left Tuesday night's game against the Cavaliers with a sprained ankle. The good news is that X-rays found no structural damage, but he will still miss at least a couple of weeks.
As reported by Kurt Helin of NBCSports.com, the Journal-Sentinal quoted coach Larry Drew and Ilyasova after the game and it doesn't appear he'll be back any time soon.
“In looking at him it was pretty severe,” (Bucks coach Larry) Drew said. “Hopefully he’s OK because right now we are really down in big men…”
“I had twisted that ankle before but never that bad,” Ilyasova said. “We’re going to have another X-ray tomorrow and we’ll see. I can’t even step on it. It hurts that much but I will get a lot of treatment and try to get back. It’s really disappointing.”The is no timetable for his return, but a severe ankle sprain could see Ilyasova sidelined until the start of the regular season.
The Bucks have several key injuries in the front court. In addition to Ilyasova, Ekpe Udoh has knee issues and Zaza Pachulia is out with a sore Achilles. That means youngsters John Henson and Larry Sanders will have to step up and assume a larger responsibility.
Ilyasova has played five seasons in the NBA, all with the Bucks. Last year he averaged 13.2 points and 7.1 rebounds in nearly 28 minutes per game. He has career averages of 10.5 points and 6.2 rebounds in 340 games.